The folks over at Disney and Lucasfilm just announced the details for the future “Stars Wars” films at their annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco.
It was announced that Rian Johnson is confirmed to write and direct “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which will hit theaters May 26, 2017. Gareth Edwards’ standalone Star Wars film, will be called “Rogue One.” The movie will star Felicity Jones and begins shooting in London this summer. Rogue One will hit theaters Dec. 16, 2016. We do not have any plot details for Rogue One…because they are unknown! We also have information that Josh Trank has plans to do a spinoff Star Wars movie as well.
In case you are not familiar with Star Wars lore, Rogue One is the call sign given to the leader of the Rebel Alliance flight squad known as Rogue Squadron. So who in the Star Wars universe has had the “Rogue One” call sign? Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker are just a couple names to boot. Sounds like we can expect a movie with tons of spaceship fighting!
Kathleen Kennedy will produce Rogue One alongside John Knoll, Tony To and John Schwartz.
I wonder how the spinoff movies will play into the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There has been much speculation that the spinoff movies will be focusing on the early days of Princess Leia and Han Solo.
The J.J. Abrams-helmed “Force Awakens,” opens Dec. 18, featuring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. It will take place 30 years after “Return of the Jedi.”
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